Laura F. Dogu was nominated by President Obama to be the Ambassador of the United States to Nicaragua on May 14, 2015 and was confirmed by the Senate August 5, 2015. She is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. From 2012 through 2015 she served as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Mexico City where she managed the many different facets of the complex U.S.-Mexico relationship, one that involves nearly every agency of the U.S. government. Ambassador Dogu strengthened bilateral cooperation between the United States and Mexico in such areas as economic collaboration, fighting international crime and narcotics trafficking, protection of human rights, and expanding education and youth exchanges. With more than 15,000 U.S. firms working in Mexico, Ambassador Dogu promoted U.S. commercial interests and supported substantial increases in bilateral trade and tourism. She also worked closely with Mexican civil society. Ambassador Dogu won the Department’s outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission award in 2013 for her performance there.
A career diplomat since 1991, Ambassador Dogu served with the Department of State as Deputy Executive Director, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Washington, D.C. (2010-2012), and as Consular Section Chief, U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (2007-2010). She was a student at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington, D.C. (2006-2007), Consular Section Chief, U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey (2002-2006), and Consular Officer, U.S. Embassy Cairo, Egypt (1999-2002). Prior to that, Ambassador Dogu served as Staff Assistant, Bureau of Consular Affairs (1997-1998), and Watch Officer, Department of State Operations Center, (1996-1997). Earlier assignments included serving as Consular and Political Officer, U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey (1994-1996), and Consular Officer, U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (1991-1994). Prior to joining the Department of State, Ambassador Dogu worked for IBM.
Ambassador Dogu earned a B.A., B.B.A., (1985) and M.B.A. (1989) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas as well as an M.S. from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2007. She has won numerous Department of State performance awards, including the 2008 Barbara M. Watson Consular Excellence Award, and speaks Spanish, Turkish and Arabic. Ambassador Dogu is married and is the mother of two sons.